Arcam AVR5 is positioned by the manufacturer as a modern cinema-music entry-level solution. However, the concept of the entry level can be interpreted in different ways.
In the case of the AVR5, this means a 12-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS: X decoder, Dolby Vision 4K compatibility, Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth aptX HD and Chromecast support, as well as the ability to work with MQA and the ability to integrate into a Roon-based system. …
Arcam noted that the 12-channel AVR5 can not only process Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, but also upmix from Dolby Surround and DTS: Neural: X. A chip on two ESS ES9026PROs is responsible for converting sound to AVR5. AB-class modules are responsible for amplification, but only for seven main channels.
HDMI ports pass 4K HDR (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision), however the manufacturer stressed that the AVR5 does not support HDMI 2.1. If this version is needed by the user, then later he will be offered an update, available only through Arcam partners. The company felt that not everyone would need HDMI 2.1, but the initial support for this standard would have affected the cost of the receiver.
Among other things, Arcam paid attention to Dirac Live sound correction, but there is no configuration software in the kit – you will have to buy a version for Mac or PC (they promised a 50% discount, but for a limited time).
In Europe, the AVR5 will appear later this year at an estimated cost of 2,200 euros.